Gender: Female Meaning of Drusilla: "fruitful" Origin of Drusilla: Latin

Drusilla Origin and Meaning

The name Drusilla is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "fruitful".

Drusilla is an ancient Roman name, (probably) borne by descendants of Antony and Cleopatra, and is one of the 'illa' names that are ready for a comeback, especially with its cute short form Dru.

Drusilla appears in the New Testament as the wife of Felix (twin alert?), and later made appearances in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and Faulkner's The Unvanquished. Drusilla is a vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and was a long-running character on the soap The Young and the Restlass.

An alternate spelling is Drucilla.

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sounds like a vampire.

Princess Hockey Says:


Totally agree. This name just has an evil sound to it. Maybe I just can't shake the Buffy reference but it just sounds evil. Beautiful name...I'd probably name a mischievous dog this.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


This is the name of a zoo in England

LouJohnson Says:


I love this name and I adore the Blackthorn family! They really are one of the best named sibsets in literature.

larkub101 Says:


I think it definitely has a dark vibe through the characters it has christened, but I think it has the right tools to make a huge comeback. I think I'll consider adding it to my list.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Oh my god, their names are AWESOME! They're not necessarily my style (although I love the name Julian), but still, they're amazing, considering that the main heroine's name is Emma, which is a very common name. I loved Tiberius (Ty), which is such a strong sounding name on him, because he's much gentler than his name suggests.

esita Says:


Always makes me think of druids... which is a positive connotation, but slightly offbeat.

WiseBird39 Says:


I honestly think this is a sweet name, mostly because of the nickname Dru. Am I alone in thinking that the Blackthorn kids are among the best-named sibsets in YA literature?

EW314 Says:


This just sounds so unspeakably evil. I love the witchy feel of it, but I can't picture this on a child. It's just sooo heavy, clunky and (sorry!) ugly.

Druscilla Says:


Another spelling is as per my name, which is spelt Druscilla. I have loved having an unusual name and am generally called Dru. In my early years in Australia people didn't seem to like the name, but nowadays I get a lot of compliments on it. Only problem is, with Drew becoming such a popular name for boys (and of course Drew Barrymore), everybody now automatically spells Dru as Drew.

bretak Says:


I've never heard positive feedback on this name, but despite that, I can't stop loving it. I've demoted it to "middle name only" material several times, but I love it so much it always appears on my list as a first name. I don't care if others don't like it, I obviously love it a lot. At least I'll know that my little Drusilla will always be the only Drusilla in her class.

Nicole4383 Says:


This name just reminds me of the slightly crazy vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Shishi Says:


Could be a cool middle!

CocoWhite Says:


Exactly what I was thinking! Drizzella was the name of one of the b*tchy stepsisters in Cinderella, I'm pretty sure. That's probably why Drusilla sounds so evil to me, like the name of a villian or something. I like its meaning, though -- "fruitful."

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This kind of reminds me of a mean Disney character but I'm probably thinking of Drazilla from Cinderella.

mckaylalove Says:


When I first heard of this name I really did not like it but I actually kinda love it now. Dru is such a cool nickname. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to use it though which is pretty odd for me.